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September 8, 2021

All-Female Crew Defends the Veeder Cup

In a best-of-five sailboat match-racing regatta held in southern Monterey Bay on Sunday, September 5, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club successfully defeated Santa Cruz YC by sweeping three straight races. MPYC defended their win of the Veeder Cup, last contested in 2018 and won by Bustin Loose.

Santana 22s sailing in Monterey
MPYC on the run from SCYC in Monterey.
© 2021 Jeff Canepa

The Veeder Cup was first held in 1964 as a match race among the four Monterey Bay yacht clubs, which include Stillwater YC of Pebble Beach, Elkhorn YC of Moss Landing, SCYC and MPYC. Both Stillwater and Elkhorn were eliminated in a double-elimination sail-off the previous day, when the SCYC boat dominated every race and finished undefeated, with skipper Evan Diola and his crew of brother Pat Diola and Ryan Schuyler.

MPYC elected to compete with an all-women crew this year. They went head to head against Santa Cruz’s all-male crew. MPYC’s skipper was Kate Conway; her crew were Shandy Carroll and junior sailor Lilly Robnet. The MPYC team won the best three of five races with three straight wins. They led at the finish of Race 1 by 1 minute, 30 seconds; 28 seconds in Race 2; and 7 seconds in Race 3.

Three women on a Santana 22
The MPYC crew.
© 2021 Jeff Canepa

The races were sailed in a fresh westerly, with winds starting at 8-10 mph building to 15 mph as the afternoon westerly filled in. SCYC won two of the three starts and led at the first weather mark, but MPYC came back to win each race with great downwind tactics and boat speed. The Santana 22s used were identical, creating excellent and close racing.

Three women with the Veeder Cup
Veeder Cup winners, left to right: Shandy Carroll, Kate Conway and Lilly Robnet.
© 2021 Jeff Canepa

This was the first time an all-women crew has won the Veeder Cup. Because of the women’s accomplishments and their 2021 win, MPYC retains the trophy for another year. Congratulations MPYC — the community should be proud of you!

Extensive Search Underway for Missing Sailor

A search has been underway since early Saturday morning for a sailor who was transiting from Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, to Haleiwa, Oahu. The search involves multiple USCG crews and partners from the Navy, Air Force, Civil Air Patrol, and local agencies. According to USCG reports, Philip Grenz, a 67 year-old male, was last seen departing Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, aboard the 42-ft sailing vessel Epic, on Tuesday.

Missing sailor
Missing sailor Philip Grenz.
© 2021 U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

At 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report of the missing mariner, who had not arrived at his next port of call in Haleiwa, Oahu. Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched Coast Guard rescue crews.

The following crews are currently involved in the search:

An Air Station Barbers Point C-130 Hercules aircrew
An Air Station Barbers Point HH-65 Dolphin aircrew
The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak
A Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircrew
An Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircrew
A Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew
A Coast Guard Station Kauai 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew
Civil Air Patrol Cessna 1A2 aircrews
Kauai County Ocean Safety
Honolulu Fire Department
Honolulu Ocean Safety
Honolulu County Sheriff’s Office

The Coast Guard has requested anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the sailing vessel Epic, or Grenz, to contact the Coast Guard at (808) 842-2600.

The missing vessel, Epic.
© 2021 U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

While the missing mariner is not a participant in the recent Singlehanded Transpacific Race, his transit is very much like one that is made by many solo sailors after the race. We urge all mariners to be on the lookout for Grenz and Epic, and of course to take all possible precautions when making any crossings.

Latitude 38’s Fall Crew List Party Is Tomorrow — Will You Be There?

Tomorrow is Latitude 38‘s Fall Crew List Party — our semiannual crew-mingling soiree — and we’re looking forward to catching up with and meeting sailors from all over the Bay Area. As of this morning, we have sold over 160 tickets, which means there should be plenty of opportunities for you to connect with fellow sailors, whether you are looking for crew, or looking to crew.

In case you’ve missed our other memos, here are the details:

Party date: Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tomorrow’s party exhibitors will include the US Coast Guard — USCG District 11’s Douglas Samp and Petty Officer Loumania “Lou” Stewart will be sharing information and swag while demonstrating safety items such as the EPIRB; Spaulding Marine Center will showcase their latest projects: the Pelican sailboats built by volunteers and crew, and the new Boatworks 101 Apprenticeship Program; the crew from San Francisco Sailing Science Center will be joining us again; and the Matthew Turner will be open for tours from from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (on deck only).

Marina Riviera Nayarit will be on hand to talk about Mexico and give sailors the latest information and updates.

Cash bar Hosted by Spaulding Marine Center.

Batiste Rhum Tasting

Food truck: Casablanca Moroccan & Mediterranean serving from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We’ll also have water and individually wrapped snacks available. We encourage everyone to bring a water bottle, though we will have cups on hand.

Tickets: Latitude 38 Fall Crew List Party Tickets. Tickets are free for officially registered 2021 Baja Ha-Ha skippers and first mates; $10 for everyone else.

Matthew Turner tours at crew list party
The Matthew Turner is docked right out in front of the Bay Model.
© 2021 Call of the Sea

Before you go …

Have you signed up on our new Crew List page?

Latitude 38‘s Crew Lists are designed to get people who want to crew in contact with skippers of boats that need crew for all forms of recreational sailing. Unfortunately, we were unable to import the data from the old website and are asking current crew list members to re-enter their information. You can join them by entering your new Crew Listing now.

We’ll be drawing names to win a Latitude 38 hat from everyone whose name is entered by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8 (tonight!) – the day before our Fall Crew List Party.

Crew Party Crew
Q & M Travels hosted nine crew members aboard Esprit for a sail across the Bay from Berkeley Marina to GGYC for the March 2020 Crew Party. How will you travel to Sausalito for this year’s party?
© 2021 Q & M Travels

All of our crew parties are geared toward helping people find sailing opportunities for cruising, racing or daysailing. The Fall Crew List Party is ideal for boat owners seeking crew who want to head south to Mexico, or crew who want to do the same. It’s also well suited for folks looking for midwinter race crew, or anyone who just wants to sail the Bay. For your convenience, hand sanitizer will be placed at tables throughout the party area, and mask wearing is encouraged, as is being vaccinated.

COVID precautions: We are closely monitoring the global and local situation regarding
 the pandemic. We recommend being vaccinated if you are able, and wearing a mask. We’ll have masks and hand sanitizer available. We will adjust plans as guided by local restrictions at the time of the event and will notify all advance ticket holders of any changes. Money will be refunded if the party is canceled due to COVID. Please refer to Marin County Health for the most recent updates:

The Real Deal — Larry Pardey, Legendary Sailor and Adventurer

As the Costa Mesa fiberglass boatbuilding boom was getting underway in Southern California in the 1960s, Lin and Larry Pardey were charting their own unique course from the same fertile boatbuilding soil. It was in Costa Mesa that they built their first boat, the 24-ft Lyle Hess-designed Seraffyn, to launch their own sailing dreams, and in the years following, they inspired thousands to follow their wake. While building a wooden boat and sailing engineless around the world was beyond the abilities of most, the book Cruising in Seraffyn conveyed a ‘keep it simple’ ethos that helped many sailors see cruising as an achievable goal.

Few modern sailors have seen more adventures or inspired more dreams than Larry Pardey. Sailing more than 200,000 miles and circumnavigating both east-about and west-about in engine-free boats he built himself, co-authoring 12 books with his wife and shipmate Lin Pardey, and creating five videos, Larry has been called ‘the Enabler’ and ‘the man who launched 50,000 dreams.’

Larry Pardey The Real Deal
Soon-to-be-released documentary on Larry Pardey.
© 2021 Maverick Pictures

The Real Deal is an intimate profile created by Mike Anderson, video producer and boatbuilder and a longtime friend of Larry Pardey. The crux of the tale is the Pardeys’ voyage to and around Cape Horn, the so-called ‘Mount Everest of Sailing.’ Along with at-sea footage, interviews with a variety of friends and associates, and archival film clips and photographs, the story is narrated via quotes from sailing writer Herb McCormick’s critically acclaimed biography of the couple, As Long as It’s Fun.

Lin Pardey provided access to dozens of hours of previously unseen video footage shot by her and Larry during their voyages, including from their record-setting, engine-free passage east from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Straits of Le Maire and around the Horn.

“Mike has done an amazing job of gathering photographs from Larry’s earlier Newport Beach escapades,” Lin stated. “And he used some great ones of his own, taken when we were building Taleisin in Bull Canyon, our hideaway in the hills behind Lake Elsinore, California. But best of all, Mike has gathered video and interviews from some of the people Larry encouraged and helped along the path to their dreams. This doco has definitely caught the sometimes wild, always adventuresome, warm spirit of the man who shared his life with me.”

The Real Deal will be released on October 14, 2021, to coincide with the opening of the Annapolis Sailboat Show. DVD and flash drive versions will be available at The Boat Galley, booth M5. The Real Deal is available now as a pre-order download or streaming rental from

To view the trailer and pre-order page click here.

Let us know in the comments below how Cruising in Seraffyn and the Pardeys inspired your sailing life.